Fashion Law: A New Legal Field with Exciting Opportunities

All of us are aware that law is dynamic in nature i.e, it keeps on changing with trends of the

society. And what is more dynamic then Fashion? So there is a emerging field of law coming

up known as Fashion law or apparel law which covers issues surrounding the life of garment,

from its creation to its brand protection. This article will help you in creating a overview of

fashion law in your mind and inform you about the skills and qualifications required to grab

the opportunities provided by Fashion Law.

Fashion attorneys perform a range of tasks such as advising clients on Legal issues regarding

fashion, apparel, textile, luxury items, footwear, jewellery and cosmetic industries. It also

includes a range of services like merchandising, franchising, licensing and distribution

agreements related to fashion industries. Fashion law includes all the necessary services for

starting new fashion houses and provide legal advice to already existing entities in matters

related to employment and labour issues, making Fashion law a very broad area to practice


In a very similar way as other sector of Industries fashion law also covers matters of

sustainability, safety and various aspects of corporate, real estate, tax and business law

related to transactions of Fashion Industry.

Roles to be performed by Fashion Law Professionals

A fashion lawyer needs to perform a broad range of services like drafting and negotiating

contracts, trademark related litigations and licenses, copyright and other intellectual

property related issues. It also covers forming and dissolving of business entities related to

Fashion, advising on branding development matters. One of the major tasks in practising

Fashion law is looking into export and import matters of related to Fashion Industry, like

making necessary arrangements for securing Import and Export licenses.

Fashion law covers a wide range of clients like designers, fashion houses, distributors,

manufacturer’s, modeling agencies and photographer’s.

Necessary Qualifications for being a Fashion Lawyer

There are very far and few fashion law institutes in India. a few top NLUs like NALSAR

Hyderabad provide Diploma courses to LLM students for providing the opportunity to study

fashion related legal issues. There are specialty courses on fashion law like Fashion law and

Finance, Fashion Ethics, Fashion Retail Law. There are various public seminars for legal

professionals as well as many summer courses that’s open to both degree and non-degree

students. Law institutes are coming up with new courses in fashion law at a very rapid rate.


Reasons behind Rapid Growth of Fashion Law

Fashion law is an emerging area of law which is in its initial era of being recognized as a

distinct practice area. Internet era has also brought before fashion professionals new issues

like piracy which require legal advice and protection. Legal advice is required by Fashion

houses to keep the smooth functioning of their Organizations on track.

Fashion Industries includes a lot of IPR matters, so for the protection of IPRs fashion law is

required. Fashion law also includes a lot of Competition law matters and which can only be

dealt by legal experts and with the growth of Fashion industry fashion law is also growing.


Opportunities in Fashion Law

Fashion law now has been established as a separate branch of speciality, but still only a few

law firms specialize in this area.

Taking courses in fashion law, intellectual property, business and finance, international

trade, government regulation, and consumer culture can provide a foundation that may

boost your chances of employment in this specialty.

Volunteering to assist in providing pro bono legal services to the fashion community is

another way to gain contacts and related experience. Alternatively, you can intern with a

law firm that specializes in fashion law or works with fashion clients.

Networking, getting to know the players in the fashion law area – it’s a small circle – and

finding a mentor can also help you break into the field of fashion law.

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